HAPPY 2014! TOP O' THE YEAR TO YA'!
Vivian here with big news!
First off, Happy New Year! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday!
We had a great time here with lots of love and good cheer, after which I promptly had to lay down for a WEEK! All that cooking and cleaning wore me all the way out! It's still my most favorite time of the year though, watching the kids open presents, hearing my favorite Christmas songs, egg nog, candy canes (love 'em), and being surrounded by friends, family and love. But real glad it comes only once a year!
I can finally say with certainty, that you will have new music from me this spring! Busy with artwork for the record now, and I am thrilled! New photo shoots, website overhaul, new EPK. And so far I'm booking some of my biggest and best shows yet, so stay tuned for several big performances from me this year, from solo shows to collaborative efforts, shaping up to be a great year! I've been using my time well.
So, couple of quick recaps..
On my b'day in December, I did a concert in Slovakia that was just breathtaking. a really incredible musical experience, with drummer Martin Valihora and his quartet Mikal Bugala on guitar, Eugene Vizivary on keys and on bass. This came about as a result of the show we did for the Bratislava Jazz Festival last summer. Honored to be invited back. Love these guys! Thank you Martin <3
After the new year, we took a trip to St Barths (an incredibly beautiful place by the way) to play at the Baz Bar with keyboardist Dave Archer and drummer Eric Brown, where we made some of the best music I have ever had the pleasure to be a part of. It was really something special, so much so, that we decided to do a show upon our return, just because we wanted to keep playing together! Big thanks to Jean Marc LeFranc <3
Which bring me to my next point, I'd like to introduce you all to our new musical endeavor, PARADIGM featuring myself on vocals and percussion, Eric Brown on vocals, drums & percussion, Dave Archer on keys & synth and Chris Parks on bass, synth bass & guitar. If you like experimental, you will love this band. The music is a fusion of Hip Hop, Jazz, Soul & Rock with heavy dose of improvisation, and though it sounds like it would be difficult to fuse all those genres together, for us it just feels right and we have a ball while doing it, so if you're free tonight, we'll be making our debut at Rockwood Music Hall - Stage 2, we'd love to see you there.
PARADIGM at Rockwood Music Hall - Stage 2 -
Wednesday, January 29th - TONIGHT!
196 Allen Street
Then on Sunday, I'll be back at my little home away from home Smoke, up in Harlem. In fact, I'll be there this Sunday and again 2 Sundays from now on February 16th.
This week I'll be there with the same stellar band that was with me at Kitano Jazz last fall, Oscar Perez on piano, Michael Blanco on bass and Donald Edwards on drums.
The on the 16th I'll be there with Dred Scott, Michael Blanco on bass and Alvester Garnett on drums. Very excited to play with all these great musicians.
Sunday February 2nd & 16th
7pm, 9pm & 10:30
New York New York 10025
Dinner & drinks required
Last but certainly not least, I'll be doing a Jazz Vespers concert at Saint Peters Church in Manhattan on Sunday afternoon, February 9th with Oscar Perez on piano, Chris Parks on bass and Kevin Bregande on drums. A lovely afternoon it will be..
SAINT PETERS CHURCH
Sunday, February 9th
619 Lexington Avenue
New York New York 10022
After that I'm off to Russia for a few weeks with Premier Entertainment to play at the new nightclub FACE, featuring myself, Eric Merovitch on saxophone and special guest Clayton Bryant on vocals. If you're in Moscow stop by and say hi!
That's all for now!
Remember, music can change the world and so can we..